Knowledge, Spaces, and Media

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The research focus "Knowledge, Spaces, and Media" will be reconstituted in 2017 in order to create a common basis for the history of knowledge and science (especially in connection with the Gotha Research Centre), historical-cultural space research and media-related research. The diversity of the projects as well as overarching collaborations have long shown that this is an attractive field of research that is capable of development. In the network of the Gotha and Erfurt locations, the mutual constitution processes of knowledge, spaces and media are being investigated. Connecting questions arise from each of these three perspectives, for example: How is knowledge constituted, ordered and historicised in practices, media and objects? How is knowledge spatialized (in archives, collections, exhibitions), and how are spaces produced through practices, knowledge and media? How do media contribute to the production, storage, mediation and transformation of knowledge? And to what extent do media constitute spaces? The core of the research area is thus a specifically Erfurt cultural studies discipline that also integrates social science approaches and - for example in the research group "Religion and Urbanity: Mutual Formations" - integrates religious studies.

Projects of the research focus (German only)


The Research Centre Gotha at the University of Erfurt is offering a series of lectures on early modern history of knowledge and culture as part of its Intellectual History Research Colloquium in the winter semester 2020/21 under the direction of PD…

The Gotha Research Centre at the University of Erfurt has just published its programme for the winter semester 2020/21.

Misinformation damages society in many ways and has consequences for public health, the environment and democracy. But correcting misinformation is difficult! To counteract precisely this, 22 researchers - including Philipp Schmid, a psychologist at…

The actors in the research project "What is Western about the West?" at the University of Erfurt use "West Windows", a format with which they regularly publish small articles that provide insights into their research topic.

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